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How is acute epiglottitis treated usually?

How is acute epiglottitis treated usually?

Please see below.: Most of the time, someone with epiglottitis must be intubated (have a tube put in the airway to keep it open) until the swelling resolves, and all patients with this condition need to be in the icu. After bacterial cultures are taken, IV antibiotics are started. Fever relievers may also be needed. ...Read more

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Dr. B Schaeffer
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Epiglottitis (Definition)

Epiglottitis is a life-threatening condition in which the tissue that covers the windpipe is swollen. It may be caused by bacteria or a virus, and common symptoms include difficulty breathing, hoarseness, chills, ...Read more


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What causes acute epiglottitis in children?

What causes acute epiglottitis in children?

Mostly infection: Very rare infection of epiglottis, flap of elastic cartilage tissue covered with mucous membrane, attached to the entrance of the larynx, blocking entrance of food into airway when swallowing. Since vaccination for hemophilus influenza even rarer.Most common organism causing epiglottitis now is streptococcus pneumoniae. Other organisms include parainfluenzae, varicella-zoster, herpes simplex. ...Read more

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Is it true that death from acute epiglottitis is quick?

Is it true that death from acute epiglottitis is quick?

No: It's a miserable, protracted business lasting at least several hours of profoundly labored breathing. If somebody that you know died of acute epiglottitis -- and in this day and age it should not happen if medical care is sought in time -- you have my sympathy. ...Read more

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Must I seek immediate help if I have acute epiglottitis?

Must I seek immediate help if I have acute epiglottitis?

Absolutely!!: In epiglottitis, the epiglottis (which comes off the back of the tongue deep in the throat) and surrounding area is infected and swollen. This can completely block the airway, which can cause death. Symptoms can also include sore throat, difficulty swallowing, fever, and muffled voice. If you suspect epiglottitis, you need to be seen at the hospital immediately. ...Read more

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Must I seek immediate help if my child has acute epiglottitis?

Must I seek immediate help if my child has acute epiglottitis?

Yes: Epiglottitis can be life threatening if airway suddenly closes. Need to have emergency care and monitoring of oxygenation, possibly intubation if condition deteriorates.Sometimes tracheostomy. Need proper antibiotic therapy if cause is from infecting organism. ...Read more

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What are the risks of acute epiglottitis?

What are the risks of acute epiglottitis?

Airway blockage.: In epiglottitis, the epiglottis (which comes off the back of the tongue deep in the throat) and surrounding area is infected and swollen. This can completely block the airway, which can cause death. If you suspect epiglottitis in someone, they need to be seen at the hospital immediately. ...Read more

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How can I prevent acute epiglottitis again?

Not always: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccine young children receive for older children and adults with immune systems compromised by:sickle cell disease,HIV/AIDS,spleen removal, chemotherapy,medications to prevent rejection of organ or bone marrow transplants.Immunization with Hib vaccine usually for hemophilus influen b organism.Other bacteria, fungi, and viruses can cause. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a child having acute epiglottitis that is serious?

What are the risks of a child having acute epiglottitis that is serious?

Airway blockage.: In epiglottitis, the epiglottis (which comes off the back of the tongue deep in the throat) and surrounding area is infected and swollen. This can completely block the airway, which can cause death. If you suspect epiglottitis in someone, they need to be seen at the hospital immediately. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my child's acute epiglottitis from coming back?

How can I prevent my child's acute epiglottitis from coming back?

Nothing other than..: Getting full doses of pneumococcal vaccines. Acute epiglottitis became a rare disease entity since universal vaccination against hemophilus influenzae type b was instituted in early 1990's. Sporadic cases of acute epiglottitis have been reported since then, which are caused by streptococcus pneumoniae or by group a strep. ...Read more

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Acute epiglottitis? I was in hospital for a week with this what can I do so i will never have it again?

Thanks for asking!: There is no real way to prevent it as an adult. Acute epiglottitis is a relatively rare condition, unlikely to recur. ...Read more

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